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(virtual) Spotlight on Service Animals: Info Session for Psychotherapists
September 2 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join Psychotherapist Liane Wood (and her service dog Harley) for this informative session about service animals. This session is designed for fellow therapists to learn how to support their clients who might benefit from working with a service animal.
During this session, you will learn
- The differences between:
- Guide Dogs
- Therapy Animals
- Emotional Support Animals
- Service Animals
- How to valuably support your clients in acquiring a service animal, and how to provide the appropriate clinical documentation.
**All proceeds from this event will go to Ability Dogs Canada, an organization that offers Agency Trained Service Dogs, Board and Train Service Dog Programs, as well as Trainer Guided Service Dog Training.
What: Spotlight on Service Animals: Info Session for Psychotherapists
When: September 2nd, 6:00-7:30 pm.
Where: Virtual via Zoom, Zoom link provided on registration
Investment: By Donation of $10/$20 or $30 tickets
Liane Wood is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), who has combined her education in the mental health field with her own personal experiences. To pursue her passion for helping others, and after many years volunteering as a peer counselor, Liane went back to school to study psychotherapy at a master’s level in Toronto attending the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. She graduated the Spiritual Psychotherapy program, which combines spirituality with psychotherapy in an innovative approach that addresses the needs of the soul and spirit, as well as the human experience.
With the help of her service dog, Harley, Liane works at not only improving herself, but also at helping others who are searching for a path to mental vitality. The combination of personal experience with her studies in mental health allows Liane to customize and tailor therapy sessions to meet each client’s needs.
Meet Ability Dogs Canada:
Ability Dogs Canada (ADC) purchases, trains and places service dogs with individuals with a variety of disorders, including mental health, PTSD, seizures, Mobility, and diabetes.
ADC also trains Intervention Dogs for schools, therapists, and doctors to use as a tool to help their clients to communicate, open up, and support them through crisis and trauma. We currently have dogs in The Limestone Board of Education and Victim Services uses our dogs to help people in crisis.
Puppies are purchased and brought into the program at 8 weeks of age and it takes a full 2 years to train each dog to become a service dog. It costs between $18,000 and $20,000 per dog to train, vet, feed, and place.
An exciting program is running right now called the ADC Community Gives Back Campaign. This is where a frontline worker/first responder is chosen to receive one of the ADC Service Dogs at no cost to them. It’s a way to help and pay respect to the people who dedicate their lives to help others.
All funds raised through this event for psychotherapists So, will go directly into ADC’s Community Gives Back Campaign program to raise the money needed to help someone with PTSD gain access to a service dog.
The puppy ADC is currently training for this program is called Sakari (Sa-car-ee) This is an indigenous name to represent inclusion and acceptance. She is a chocolate lab puppy. (Photo is of Samantha Cooper, Founder and Head Trainer of ADC.)